Gen Adam Stephen

Gen Adam Stephen

Birth
Rhynie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Death 16 Jul 1791 (aged 72–73)
Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia, USA
Burial Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia, USA
Plot Robert Stephen's estate on "the monument lot" in the 600 block of South Queen Street in Martinsburg.
Memorial ID 21068779 · View Source
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Adam Stephen was born in Scotland around the year 1718. There he attended the Universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh, receiving a degree in surgery around 1746. Coming to America in 1748, he set up a doctor's practice in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Having purchased land in Frederick County, Virginia in 1750 (the "Bower" property, which is in present-day Jefferson County, W.Va.), he accepted a military post on the Virginia frontier in 1754 at the beginning of the French and Indian War and was present with General Braddock and Colonel Washington at the opening of hostilities. In 1770, he first acquired land along the Tuscarora Creek in present-day Berkeley County, where he later sold lots to develop the town of Martinsburg. Stephen provided leadership as a colonel in the French and Indian War and as a major-general during the American Revolution. In between the wars, he negotiated treaties with the Native Americans in South Carolina, western Virginia and Ohio. Perhaps his greatest contribution to America's future was his stirring speech at the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1788 which influenced the Virginia delegates to ratify the United States Constitution, which in turn led other states to ratify the Constitution at their state conventions. In 1789, Adam Stephen wrote an article for the Virginia Gazette entitled "Expostulations on the Potomack" to promote the location of the federal capitol on the Potomac River. Adam Stephen died in Martinsburg on July 16, 1791


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  • Created by: HalfBloodPrincess
  • Added: 21 Aug 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 21068779
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gen Adam Stephen (1718–16 Jul 1791), Find a Grave Memorial no. 21068779, citing Adam Stephen Monument, Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by HalfBloodPrincess (contributor 46529909) .